Withey leads No. 12 Jayhawks past Saint Louis

Associated Press Modified: November 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012
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"They have good players all over the place, so as soon as you plug this hole, another hole opens up," Saint Louis interim coach Jim Crews said. "That's why they're pretty good."

Saint Louis never wavered, though, even after Jordair Jett limped to the locker room late in the half, and despite playing without top scorer Kwamain Mitchell due to a broken foot.

McCall hit a long 3-pointer late in the half, and another triple by Jake Barnett — one of three he had on the night — helped get the Billikens within 39-25 at the break.

Releford was 6 of 11 from the field in the first half; Saint Louis was 6 of 23.

The Billikens also committed 10 turnovers, but despite their sloppiness on offense and their inability to slow down the Jayhawks on defense, they still were within striking distance.

McCall's 3-pointer out of halftime closed the gap to 11, but Withey converted a three-point play off a nifty feed from Kevin Young, and McLemore followed up a 3-pointer with a scooping layup, allowing the Jayhawks to restore a 47-30 cushion with about 17 minutes left in the game.

That's just about when Ellis started to heat up.

His basket with 14:25 left got the Billikens within 50-36, and he converted a three-point play with under 10 to go that made it 57-45. The senior forward from Perth, Australia, then hit back-to-back 3-pointers a couple minutes later to trim the deficit to 10 points.

Kansas kept trying to deliver the knockout blow, and the Billikens kept dodging it.

McCall answered a basket by Releford that threatened to raise the roof at the Sprint Center, which was filled with a pro-Kansas crowd, and then Ellis knocked down another off-balance 3-pointer from the wing to get Saint Louis within 65-56 with just under 4 minutes left in the game.

Withey converted a three-point play, though, and after Ellis misfired from long range, the Jayhawks' 7-footer dunked at the other end to make it 70-56 and effectively put the game away.

"Our two leading scorers are probably our two best defenders, too," Self said, "and I really think if you don't worry about scoring, scoring naturally comes, and that's what happened."



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